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 Post subject: CPU fan reccomendations here, please!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 6:34 pm 
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I went with a Thermaltake Soyo Dragon before. Tri-speed 3000~6000RPM. Anyway, that's been a dead fan for a while and I'm just using a stock 2.4 cooler right now and I really want a high quailty copper CPU fan, as I plan to OC a 2.4 to at least 3 GHz. I've been seeing more unhappy customers with Tt and I'm not partial to any CPU fans for any reasons, so I'd like some reccomendations from the people who know their stuff, and their CPU fans! Also, please state some performance increases you've experienced with the fan you've used or some specs, or even just why you think your CPU fan reccomendation is a good one. Thanks. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:04 am 
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im sure a lot of people are gonna recommend a zalman CNPS7000A/B-CU. reviews said its quiet and performs well.

im also certain someone's gonna waltz in here with an ewiz link. :P


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 5:34 am 
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ocnoob wrote:
im also certain someone's gonna waltz in here with an ewiz link. :P


I'm about 99% certain of that as well. You usually see that guy drop the link after someone else drops one for $8+ more. :wink:


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The awaited ewiz link


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Chumly wrote:


SOOOOOOO close!! So so close. The trick with eWiz is you have to go through pricewatch first to get a better price (in this case, it's slightly cheaper - $2.23).

CNPS7000a-cu - $36 shipped
CNPS7000-cu - $33 shipped

:D


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 8:02 am 
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LOL...there's a trick to ewiz! Sweet...always edumacating myself :D


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One4yu2c wrote:
Chumly wrote:


SOOOOOOO close!! So so close. The trick with eWiz is you have to go through pricewatch first to get a better price (in this case, it's slightly cheaper - $2.23).

CNPS7000a-cu - $36 shipped
CNPS7000-cu - $33 shipped

:D


Ahh! :?: whats the difference? I dont have time to go through each spec in detail...

and i even thought I would get Zalman posts...I see that name a lot nowadays...so what exactly makes this a good choice for cooling above others? It's a bit pricey looking to me actually (for a CPUfan), but I can get the money if this is what I'm looking for as the choice I'll want to go with. Also, I'm not used to pricing out CPU fans, this might not acctulaly be steep at all! How realistic will aiming for 3.4 GHz be with this cooler? I'll be happy with 3.0GHz but I'll be REALLY aiming for 3.2 GHz if possible. Thanks.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:36 pm 
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The difference is this little tidbit:

Zalman CNPS7000a-cu
Pure copper CPU cooler for socket AMD 462 [A]; Intel 478 & K8(AMD64) Opteron

Zalman CNPS7000-cu
Pure Copper CPU Cooler For Socket 478 & AMD64

The difference doesn't apply to you since both support s478, so go w/ the cheaper one. As for the cost, it's a very quiet cooler with high performance - a combo that's hard to achieve. Your OCing success will come down to a lot of factors, but heat shouldn't be one of them on this HSF. I hit 3.4GHz with an idle temp of 28-29C using the above with Arctic Silver 3 and I think 5 case fans.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 11:50 am 
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Awesome. So with this HSF i will eliminate heat worries from hindering my OC success. Right now with the stock HSF that came with my 2.4 it's around 40C idle, no tweaks. I hate thermal tape. Anyway, Thanks for the advice.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:13 am 
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Another vote for the Zalman cooler, I have my 2.8 OCed to 3.4 with no temp concerns whatsoever using that same cooler. Well built and HEAVY as hell since it is all copper, but cools very nicely.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 7:32 am 
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That Zalman...is that expensive compared to other CPU coolers? 30+ bucks for a CPU cooler seems expensive for me...there's no doubt though from what everyon'es saying taht it's worth it's money, but compared to other coolers in price how does it compare?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 1:55 pm 
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$30 is very reasonable. Considering that they'r large chunks of copper and a fan is included, it'd be hard to find something with more value. Take a look at thermalrights. They easily run into $38 and into the $49 range, and you still need to find a fan.

Having said that, Thermalright's XP-90 looks pretty damned sexy to me. But by the time you couple it with something like the Panaflo H1A Fan, you're at a cool $52.

Anything less than the Zalman isn't worth the upgrade from the OEM HS/F IMO.


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Chumly wrote:
Anything less than the Zalman isn't worth the upgrade from the OEM HS/F IMO.


Agreed. There will be very little difference between a stock HSF and a budget priced third party alternative. They exist to fill the OEM void rather than as an 'upgrade.'

$30 plus some Arctic Silver 5 buys you the potential to have a proc perform at pricepoints that would have cost $100+ more.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 7:26 pm 
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I used some Artic silver for my 2.26 on a HS that came stock from a 2.4 proc that I got off of a kid who was using a different HS. THat seemed to get the job done. I have access to the silver so all i need's that HS. Ok then, jsut gotta get the money and shtuff


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